One of our favorite family projects is our costumes each year. As fall progresses, we inevitably begin discussing what our family costume could be. This year, we had our idea pretty early, but without a real reason to put the costume together, we had sadly decided to just let it go this year. With a 4-month old and an almost-3-year-old, our time was too valuable to spend on a costume that we’d never really wear anywhere.
But that all changed when an invitation to a Halloween party arrived from our friends! We had about a week and a half to put together our costume, and we forged full-speed ahead!
Introducing: Lego Movie family!
We decided to be the “real-life” versions of the characters (rather than make ourselves into minifigs/blocks). P.S. Thanks, Amanda, for your help taking photos!
I absolutely love this annual project that Husband and I do together (in the future, I’m looking forward to our kids’ increasing involvement!). I really feel like we work so well together for our costumes; it is a true collaboration, and we have so much fun!
Husband was Emmet, of course.
We made a construction vest for him out of orange felt and reflective duct tape (with drawn-on pocket and pen, just like Emmet’s vest!). Husband also made an ID tag for himself.
I was Wyldstyle.
I found an image of the graffiti-style artwork on her jacket by doing a search online, and we turned it into a Silhouette cut file so that we could make a freezer-paper stencil. Husband did a fantastic job tweaking the stencil to fit properly on my jacket and lining up the two colors!
The part of the costume I was most looking forward to was adding color to my hair! Unfortunately the inexpensive “hair mascara” we found wasn’t quite as vibrant as we’d hoped, but it did an okay job. Now I think we’re going to have to find more costumes with colored hair for me! ;-) I’m considering just putting colored streaks in my hair from time to time…just for the fun of it!
Our daughter was Princess Unikitty.
The most important part, of course, was a headband with ears and a unicorn horn. We created the horn based on some photos of cute unicorn horns on Etsy, and made the ears with stitched triangles of pink felt. The horn is attached to the headband by a “strap” of felt sewn into its base, and the ears attach with loops of elastic. It’s a bonus that the horn and ears are removeable; it just worked out that it was the most effective way to attach them.
I also made a tail. I spend hours (literally) nursing my son, so I have a lot of time to visualize these sorts of things in my head, and I was pretty excited that my idea to use a gusset to give it a squared-off shape worked the first time! The waist straps are based off of a tutorial for adorable dinosaur/dragon tails that I have pinned (I really, really want to make some more tails now! ;-)) I added the pink tutu at the last minute because I am convinced that if Unikitty were a human girl, she would most definitely have a tutu. Plus it made V’s outfit more “costumey.”
What had clinched the idea for this particular family costume was that we had a hat for our little boy– it was Husband’s when he was a baby, and it was absolutely perfect for Benny the Spaceman!
We found a blue onesie at Hobby Lobby and purchased some blue pants elsewhere. I did another search online for the Lego Space logo and turned it into a cut file for my Silhouette. We stenciled a solid white layer first, then added the yellow and red once it was dry.
How about some action shots?